A Human Menagerie

Noah Revisited.

Noah worked really hard on building the ark, well, he did if you believe the story you were told as a child. Whatever, believe the story or not, he had a problem: he didn't have anything to do!
Noah in the Ark, sending the dove to find land. Mosaic in Basilica di San Marco, Venice, 12th C.

Noah worked really hard on building the ark, well, he did if you believe the story you were told as a child. Whatever, believe the story or not, it still has a meaning for our lives today. Because once Noah climbed off his boat and set foot on land, he had a problem: he didn’t have anything to do!

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Why, the phrase”I hear voices” is woefully inadequate in summing up the horrendous nature of mental illness (1)

I would like to draw your attention to an excellent article that expresses the realities of what mental illness feels like.

My own blog deals with issues far more subtle; but any one of them could lead to a point where people are no longer able to handle their own lives. In this respect, I regard this young lady’s attempts at expressing the things she’s gone through as being some of the most important writings on the internet.

The things she has suffered are things we – that is to say, the majority of people alive today – will suffer. And I mean suffer Because if we carry on in the casual and irresponsible way we are today, that is where it leads.

A mad new world

I am lucky enough to have a friend who has the same diagnosis as me. (Lucky in the sense that it means that I have someone to share my experiences with, not because it gives me a really broad and diverse spectrum of people I can claim to be close to).

Anyway.. she has had the same kind of experiences that as I have had; not entirely the same, because no two peoples experience of mental illness will be identical, but similar enough that when I start ranting about crazy stuff, she can follow what I’m saying.

With her I can talk about absolutely anything. There is nobody else with whom I could be so candid and so in depth about my symptoms and my bad days, most people would be lost at the first “tic, voices, triggered, frustration, memory, tic” loop; most people would be left wondering what the…

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Emotional Intelligence

The Farewell Party.

The true suicide won't tell you, they'll just do it. This post will tell you what they will do.
The Farewell Party.

I can’t remember where I heard the story; but a gentleman invited all his friends to a Farewell Party. As I recall, he was a friendly enough chap with a houseboat on the Thames. That probably means up near Chiswick or beyond – although I’m no expert on houseboats or, come to that, the river Thames. Never mind, he had a houseboat and having sent out all the invitations by word or on paper, he bought in the nibbles and the wine, sorted out the record player and selected all the best dance music that he had.

It would be the best party he’d ever give in his life.

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Economics · Modern Times

What A Mistake To Make!

In well heeled suburbs, there will be a Merc parked in every driveway
A Merc 500.
I can see by the clean styling that the Mammut’s had his hands on it.

There is something about a German car that the Americans love. The Americans love Japanese cars too, but somehow the larger Japanese cars simply don’t have the panache of a Mercedes Benz 500 series sedan. In well heeled suburbs, there will be a Merc parked in every driveway with the only difference being the colour of the individual status symbol.

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Modern Times · Reality

America’s Strength Is Its Weakness.

America is a place where the sphere of the will lies in the conscious realm. They can do a lot, but can’t think. That is to say, there will be no reflection on what they did, all they will be aware of is the need to do something. Hence their constant interference in other countries and their aggressive stance.

You have to forgive them this: they can’t do anything else. They have to rattle cages because if they don’t they’ll not be active. This isn’t something you can tie down, because, like Samson’s hair, it will grow back and eventually the strength will return so that it can break free of its bonds. The problem here is that like the Bible story, America will bring the temple roof down on its head in the way Samson did.

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Economics · Modern Times

The Debt Game.

Greece is back in the news, and the half truths along with it. Greece will be “negotiating with its creditors as quickly as possible to avoid another crisis
Seen on allotment gardens in Germany. They’re proud enough to fly their nation’s flags; they’re happy enough to garden together.
Greeks in Germany will produce roughly the same GDP as Greece will itself.
But they have to pay their taxes in Germany!!!

Greece is back in the news, and the half truths along with it. Greece will be “negotiating with its creditors as quickly as possible to avoid another crisis rocking the eurozone” [Daily Telegraph, “EU urges Greeks and creditors to hammer out a deal quickly”]. It has to be remembered here that such crises start on Wall Street and in London where derivatives are traded as though they were the commodity they were tracking. But this is the weird dystopian world of modern finance where illusory numbers on paper are as real than the product they represent.

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